Sarah A’s Review ~ Just in Case by Elizabeth Marx

just-in-caseI’m Revell Marshall and I’ve been waiting all these years for her…

I’ve built a life and career working with objects as fragile and damaged as Scarlett while reassembling the delicate stained glass windows that saved the small town of Crossroads, Alabama from ruin. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to lure the one girl I’ve always loved back to Alabama, even if I have to rid the town of someone keeping her away. Once Scarlett returns, I’ll do anything to win her heart. Even if I have to help her piece together the facts of her mother’s past and expose old secrets I’d rather leave buried.

I’m Scarlett Marbry and I’ve never been good enough for him…

I was a child prodigy, an acclaimed Sacred Harp singer until the day my mother committed suicide. In the aftermath, I refused to sing another note, running away from Crossroads and whatever pushed my mother over the edge. Seven years later family obligations and a long lost letter lure me back, but I’ll have to face the one I left behind and a horrible truth I never intended to encounter.

What if the love you thought would always be yours turns out to be forbidden?

You better hold tight to your heart…

Just in case.

**Each book in the Alabama Secrets Series is a stand-alone title, with crossover characters.**

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Elizabeth Marx absolutely blew me away again.  I have long held Binding Arbitration on my short list but I think it may have been usurped by Just in Case.  It was a beautiful story written in such a polished style, I am in awe.  I know this is a book I will be thinking of for weeks and months to come.

I went into Just in Case thinking I was going to get a book with a little bit of heavy and a lot of sweet; I was wrong, happily so.  The secrets and lies that comprised Crossroads, Alabama were more than I could have ever anticipated.  The webs perpetrated by the residents, so complex I feel I could spend years reading about them and never unwind all the threads.  I am still in awe of the intricacies that Elizabeth wound throughout this book.

Every second of Scarlett’s story tore my heart to shreds.  As she picked through the past she knew and the one she was just discovering her pain was palpable.  Every revelation she came to shattered another piece of her soul; it was harrowing to watch, especially knowing there was still more pain coming once the contents of the letter were revealed.  I was so completely and vitally moved by her destruction and resurrection it will be hard for any heroine to live up to her for quite some time.

Just in Case is a story that must be experienced for yourself, any plot points I give would take away from the experience that is Crossroads, Alabama.  The world that was woven by Elizabeth Marx so vivid and rich I can’t properly convey the way that spending time in it made me feel.  By the time I finished this book it felt so deeply personal to me it is hard to think of another person reading it and experiencing it in the same way I did.  There is a part of Scarlett that will always live in me, just as I am sure there is a part of me that I left in the pages of Just in Case.

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just-close-enoughJust Close Enough (Alabama Secrets Series Book 2)

I’m Alexander Volkow. I’m looking for revenge.

Since my father’s death I’ve only loved one thing, my big brother Konstantin. Kon and his marine buddy, Billy, were running a shady drug business overseas when they went AWOL together. I’ve followed their trail to Alabama, either I’ll locate Kon or get revenge on Billy for betraying my brother, but all I’ve found in Crossroads is a cold trail and Billy’s fiancée. Polly Anna might offer me the payback I’m looking for with her hot little body. The problem is her sexy snort might lure me back for more—I’ll do anything to get my brother back—even pretend to fall in love.

I’m Polly Anna Coots. I’m searching for a way out.

Escaping Crossroads is the only way to survive Billy, everyone thinks he’s MIA and no one wishes it’s true more than my battered body, but someone’s been stalking me. If it’s Billy and he’s back, I’ll end up dead when I tell him I won’t be his wife. All I need to make my getaway are the profits from my cotton crop, but Alexander Volkow is the only man who’ll buy it and he wants more than a business deal. I’ve loved a possessive, domineering man before—there’s no way I’m getting in bed with a secretive Russian playboy—especially one who’s after something more than another notch in his bed post.

With such a strong attraction between us can either one of us get just close enough to get what we want from the other without feelings getting involved?

Welcome to Crossroads, Alabama where secrets have a way of catching you in your own web.

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elizabeth-marxWindy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer–not a decorator–which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.
Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

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